Screenwriter Marc Guggenheim Hopes for Character Cameos & Easter Eggs in DC's THE FLASH
Published: October 28, 2010 - 9:58am
The Green Lantern scribe is hard at work penning the script for a live-action adaptation of the Scarlett Speedster and, if it were up to him, the film would be chock full of fanboy surprises.
Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are steadily rolling out their big name superhero movies; Green Lantern is scheduled for release in the summer of 2011, and both the Zach Snyder directed Superman reboot and Christopher Nolan's third Batman installment (titled, The Dark Knight Rises) will be hitting theaters in 2012. As for their repertoire of other comic characters, namely Wonder Woman and The Flash, fanboys and girls should be happy to know that both heroes will be paid their respects in due time. A Wonder Woman television series is currently in development, and screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are busy drafting the silver screen debut for The Flash.
Not much has been revealed about The Flash's live-action treatment, except that the film will focus on the second generation hero (Barry Allen for the Silver Age of DC comics) and that the tone is "part thriller — that forensic, cool, Seven, Silence of the Lambs — part superhero movie, and part sports movie because there’s an athleticism to this character that other superheroes don’t have;" according to Guggenheim.
What fans of the DC comics universe are really curious about, though, is whether Warner Bros will finally show any on screen recognition that their line up of characters exist in the same world. In the movie industry, this is usually done on a smaller scale with "Easter Eggs" and cameo roles (i.e. Marvel Studios' Iron Man, Iron Man 2 & The Incredible Hulk). Although Guggenheim doesn't have the final say so as to the final inclusion of these scenes, he is a big advocate of them:
“I would say in terms of the collaboration between me, Greg and Michael, I’m the one who always going like, ‘We can do this cameo, we can do this little Easter egg’ and I’m a huge proponent of it. I’m a big believer in it. Obviously there’s a lot of those types of decisions get made way above my pay grade but I’m certainly always scheming. And with The Flash I have very particular ideas as to how I would accomplish it [laughs]… all sorts of other people need to weigh in on that sort of thing before it becomes a reality.
"I am on record saying I love it when movies do that. I’m a total sucker for that.”
The Flash is supposedly being prepped for theatrical release sometime in 2013; though no official announcement has been made by the studio.